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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 17, 2019

Tuesday of the 24th Week in Ordinary Time


1Timothy 3:1-13

Psalm 101:1-2ab, 2cd-3ab, 5, 6

Luke 7:11-17

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus journeyed to a city called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd accompanied him. As he drew near to the gate of the city, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. A large crowd from the city was with her. When the Lord saw her, he was moved with pity for her and said to her, "Do not weep." He stepped forward and touched the coffin; at this the bearers halted, and he said, "Young man, I tell you, arise!" The dead man sat up and began to speak, and Jesus gave him to his mother. Fear seized them all, and they glorified God, exclaiming, "A great prophet has arisen in our midst," and "God has visited his people." This report about him spread through the whole of Judea and in all the surrounding region.

 

Reflection


Living “Emmanuel”

 

Witnessing the miracle performed by Jesus people exclaimed, “God has visited his people.” In other words they recognized the presence of “Emmanuel” in their midst. In the words, deeds, and the gentle touch of Jesus people experienced the “presence of God” among them. What has happened at Nain, was nothing extraordinary – a man died. He happened to be the only son of a widow and people carried him to the graveyard to bury him. The intensity of her laments and grief attracted a huge crowd of sympathizers and spectators. The funeral procession moved ahead. Like the helpless and hapless characters in a Greek tragedy they sheepishly walked towards the graveyard. Our life too can turn out to be a similar funeral procession. Carrying the corpse of yesterdays people drag themselves along the valley of tears towards their graveyards. Nothing extraordinary happens on their way. This is a situation that calls for the emergence of “Emmanuel.” “Emmanuel” is not a person but a vocation and a choice. Like Jesus, it is possible for anybody and everybody to be an “Emmanuel” in their respective life situations.

 

A word of consolation, like “Do not weep” or a life-giving touch and an encouraging word like, “Young man, I tell you, arise” can work miracles in the lives of people. The moment we hear such words from the mouth of somebody any funeral procession will come to a standstill. A comforting word of consolation, a gentle touch on the coffin, a supporting hand held out can do wonders. It can become a lifeguard to those who sink in the ocean of despair and save many who are buried in tombs of their failures. Jesus through his gentle words, deeds and touch made people experience “Emmanuel”. Imbibing his spirit, down through the centuries, many of his disciples wiped the tears of the suffering and brought many dead and deadly people back to life. Our vocation is not to wait for “Emmanuel” reciting “maranatha” but to incarnate “Emmanuel” through our compassionate words, considerate looks and consoling touches. Let the world know that Jesus is not dead and gone, but Christ is alive and touching (not kicking!) to the ends of the world!

 

Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI

 


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